Oral Health Risks with Tongue Piercings

When people think of tongue piercings, they usually just think of how they will look aesthetically…and that they will look cool. No one really thinks of how they could negatively affect your oral health.

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For starters, it can take a couple of months for a tongue piercing to heal. During this time, it is so important that you clean your tongue thoroughly, as well as clean the hole with antiseptic to help prevent infection after each time you eat or smoke. If you do not keep things clean, the bacteria in your mouth can lead to swelling and infection. Your mouth is a moist environment, so bacteria multiplies at a rapid pace. If your tongue was to swell, there is also a risk that it could end up blocking your airway.

You also need to be aware that there is a risk of chipping or breaking of the teeth…which would have to be repaired with crowns or fillings. This could be due to biting down on the jewellery or having it rub continuously against your teeth. You could also end up having issues with sensitive teeth because of this.

There is also a chance you could experience nerve damage from the piercing, which in most cases would be temporary, but there is a risk of it being permanent. Injured nerves can also affect your taste, as well as how you move your mouth.

What are the main things to do when having a tongue piercing?

  • Before you get the piercing, you want to ensure that you are not allergic to the metal.
  • Keep the jewellery clean, ensuring the cleaners are non-toxic, as well as rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Always remove the jewellery if participating in sports. When putting it back in place, always ensure it is tightly fastened so that you don’t accidentally swallow or choke on jewellery.
  • If you have even the slightest concern that an infection may be brewing, seek medical attention immediately, as things can escalate quickly.

It’s important to know the risks involved and to be sure you will not be bothered by the extra responsibility this will add to your daily life. Have other questions? Be sure to ask your dentist.

Looking for a dentist in the Surrey area? Give us a call at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry. We would love to have you and your family as new patients!